I had the opportunity of joining my Hitachi Consulting colleagues this week at NEXT to recognize an outstanding company and showcase the business outcomes they have achieved from their powerful transformation journey. Hitachi Vantara and Hitachi Consulting, announced Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) as the winner of the first annual Hitachi Transformation Award.

MLA has made a substantial footprint in accelerating business transformation, improving user experience, improving the product quality by innovating with data and enabling the internet of things (IoT) within in the meat and livestock industry.

With the support of Hitachi group solutions, MLA is transforming their businesses in new and innovative ways. Hitachi Process Intelligence (HPI) is the solution that combines advanced process and data analytics to support IoT driven decisions and accelerate business performance, which have helped enabling MLA’s transformation.

MLA is becoming a recognized leader in delivering world-class research, development and marketing outcomes that benefit Australian cattle, sheep and goat producers. Working with the Australian Government and the red meat industry, MLA invests in initiatives that contribute to producer profitability, sustainability and global competitiveness.

At recent video demonstrates the partnership between MLA and Hitachi has shown that utilizing our solutions and co-creating with the client can lead to great result for all parties involved and more importantly society. HPI can be applied to any given industry so I foresee many positive transformation stories like this one to come.

Hitachi’s sensor-driven data collection and process analytics will assist Australia’s red meat industry to identify their own processes and pain points along the whole value chain to better manage, measure and improve supply chain operations as far as on-farm operations and down to individual animals. Being able to help work on a solution that improves something so close to all of us -- our food supply chain from end-to-end – is social innovation at its best.